First TEDxCERN event kicks off at CERN

The inaugural TEDxCERN event at CERN today will see a plethora of talks on topics from seafloor earthquakes to the Higgs boson

The inaugural TEDxCERN event, themed "Multiplying Dimensions" kicks off at CERN's Globe of Science and Innovation today.

Going beyond particle physics, TEDxCERN, organized with the generous support of Rolex, will provide a stage for the expression of science in multiple disciplines, unveiling bold new insights into emerging research and innovations that may fundamentally shape the course of things to come.

Watch the live webcast here from 1.45pm CET.

The speakers at TEDxCERN range from pioneers to young scientists: George Church will speak on recent breakthroughs with DNA; Londa Schiebinger, historian, on gendered innovation; Chris Lintott, on how to discover a planet from your sofa; Hiranya Peiris, winner of the 2012 RAS Fowler Prize, on the early universe; John Searle, philosopher, on consciousness as a biological phenomenon; Maya Tolstoy on seafloor earthquakes; Ian Foster on Big Data; Marc Abrahams, MC of the Ig Nobel Awards and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, on why all good - and some bad - research is improbable; Eliezer Rabinovici and Zehra Sayers on SESAME, a ground-breaking research project in the Middle East that is bringing together Egyptian, Israeli, Jordanian, Palestinian, Turkish, Pakistani, and Iranian scientists; Brittany Wenger, 18-year-old scientist and Grand Prize Winner 2012 Google Science Fair, on Research and Inspiration; Lee Cronin on how chemistry can revolutionize modern technology; Becky Parker, winner of the first RAS Patrick Moore Medal, on why you are never too young to be a research scientist; and Gian Giudice, theoretical physicist, on what the current Higgs measurement could mean for the future of the universe.

The entire programme and speakers bios are available on the TEDxCERN website.